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9:30 AM ET, May 11, 2010

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Robert C. Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Kagan and the Military: What Really Happened  —  As dean, she upheld a policy already in place.  —  With the announcement of Elena Kagan as nominee for the open seat on the Supreme Court, comments both sound and foolish are sure to flood the media.  In the prior category is the observation …
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Isn't This a Bit Much?  —  The president went to Harvard, and barely defeated a primary opponent who went to Yale.  His predecessor went to Yale and Harvard, and defeated opponents who went to Yale and Harvard, and Harvard, respectively.  The previous two presidents also went to Yale …
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Is Kennedy Easily Manipulated?  —  One important component of the liberal case for Elena Kagan seems to be that she could exert a strong influence on the Court's median vote, Anthony Kennedy.  Here's Jeffrey Rosen: … And half-seriously, Jonathan Zasloff:
Jane Hamsher / The Politico:
Wrath of the angry left  —  How hard will Senate Republicans fight the Kagan Supreme Court nomination?  Will legal lefties vent their anger at the White House for not picking a full-throated liberal progressives to battle Scalia and Alito?  —  Blogger, firedoglake.com and liberal activist :
Doug Heye / GOP.com:
The Problem With Kagan's “Defective” Quotation  —  Democrats and their allies on the Left and in the media are jumping on Chairman Steele's statement on Solicitor General Elena Kagan this morning, in which he raised concerns about “her support [in a law review article] for statements suggesting …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: Kagan Nomination Leaves Longing on the Left  —  WASHINGTON — The selection of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the nation's 112th justice extends a quarter-century pattern in which Republican presidents generally install strong conservatives on the Supreme Court …
Mike Madden / Salon:
GOP: Judicial experience matters, unless it doesn't
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have …
Ezra Klein:
Will the court 'become a conscious agent overturning progressive laws …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brad Thor / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE: Mullah Omar Captured!  —  Through key intelligence sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan, I have just learned that reclusive Taliban leader and top Osama bin Laden ally, Mullah Omar has been taken into custody.  —  According to the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program …
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Fox News:
Clinton Accuses Pakistani Officials of Holding Back on Bin Laden Intelligence
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and CBS News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Evolving Politics And Ethics Of The Closet  —  John Tabin says I have no consistency on this topic.  He's well within his rights to link to pieces (or mere sentences in posts) I have written over two decades to find evolution or shifts, but I think he's wrong to say my slight evolution on this is simply out of pique.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
So Is She Gay?  —  It is no more of an empirical question than whether she is Jewish.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
White House bristles at mention of Elena Kagan's sexuality …
Wall Street Journal:
Did Big Bet Trigger Stock Swoon?  —  Shortly after 2:15 p.m. Eastern time last Thursday, hedge fund Universa Investments LP placed a big bet in the Chicago options trading pits that stocks would continue their sharp declines.  —  On any other day, this $7.5 million trade for 50,000 options contracts might …
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops march in Moscow in salute to Allies' role in WWII  —  American soldiers march for the first time in Red Square in a Victory Day parade, sparking anger among some Russians.  —  Seventy-one U.S. infantrymen march in Moscow's Red Square as part of the annual Victory Day parade.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: You cannot be serious  —  I don't know what to say, guys.  I'm genuinely speechless.  Pandering is one thing, shameless careerist pandering is something else, and then there's John “Goddamned Fence” McCain marching along the border in a badass Navy baseball cap looking …
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
It's a fight for power: purists v pragmatists  —  The kaleidoscope has been smashed - a monumental struggle is now under way within all three parties  —  The voters wanted a “new kind of politics”.  Well, now they have got it.  Yesterday Gordon Brown resigned as Labour leader …
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Brown Says He'll Resign to Help Labour
New York Times:
U.S. Tries to Win Afghan Leader, Karzai, With Charm  —  WASHINGTON — The last time Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, was in Washington — a year ago — he had to share the spotlight with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, who got the bulk of the attention from the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department.
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Rule change favors unions at airlines, railroads  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor unions will have an easier time organizing workers at U.S. airline and railroad companies after the Obama administration on Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections.  —  The change is a major victory …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal — but is it still valid?  —  The term of Apple and AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal has long been a mystery — although USA Today reported a five-year arrangement when the original iPhone came out in 2007 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is Going On?  —  Is Arlen Specter toast?  —  There are three big senate primaries on May 18th — Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania and Arkansas and a Republican one in Kentucky.  It's been clear for some time that the establishment GOP candidate in Kentucky will likely get rocked by Rand Paul …
Discussion: Philly.com and TPMDC
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
The Governator at Emory: 'I was going to speak in Arizona, but I thought I'd be deported'  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greets graduates at Emory University.  John Spink/AJC  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the commencement address at Emory University on Monday.
The World Newser:
Book Says Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Confided Sex Hijinks to Michelle Obama  —  ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from Paris:  —  A new book claims the French presidential couple kept an unidentified head of state waiting while they had sex.  Ooh la la!  —  In the new book, “The Promise …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Jack Reed wants hedge funds to register
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Young Republican Fed. Chair Resigns
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and Right Now
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
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